• Crime victims differ on juvenile sentencing

    by  • March 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Not all crime victims agree on the punishment for young offenders – not even when they are in the same family. Jeanne Bishop and her mother, Joyce Bishop, testified on opposite sides of a bill addressing a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling — People v. Miller — against a mandatory life sentence for a murderer...

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    Martial arts instructor facing more sex charges

    by  • March 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A southwestern Illinois martial arts instructor is facing more federal felonies alleging that he sexually abused several students, including a 6-year-old. A federal grand jury in East St. Louis has returned a six-count indictment against 20-year-old Christopher Horton of Highland. He’s now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one...

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    Sen. Durbin talks gun control strategy

    by  • March 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he’s still unsure whether various gun-control proposals making their way through Congress should be introduced separately for votes or all bundled into one big bill. The Illinois Democrat spoke at a news conference in Chicago to promote one bill that would crack down on so-called straw purchasing — where...

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • March 10, 2013

    March 10, 2013 Residential burglary The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a burglary in Hoffman, in which a Sony laptop computer, men’s gold band ring, women’s gold ring with four diamonds and a gold chain were reportedly taken. The public is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 618-594-4555 with any information regarding...

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    Kell home severely damaged from fire

    by  • March 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Kell home suffered extensive damage from a fire early this morning. Kell firefighters received mutual aid from both Salem and Jefferson rural in fighting the fire in the 4500 Block of Walnut Hill Road. Fire chief Lonnie McDaneld says firefighters were able To save three baby chicks from the fire, and Red Cross...

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